Flower Friday: Delphinium (Delphinium elatum) #FlowerFriday

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I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Here are some delphinium from my vegetable garden. These were taken this past summer. I thought I’d save these for winter to share some color!

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Flower Friday: Sedums and Pumpkin Harvest!

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


We don’t have a large variety of fall blooming flowers, but I do have Sedums which I’ve grown to love over the years.

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Flower Friday: Slideshow ~ Sunflowers – Zinnias – First Tomatoes

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


The zinnias and sunflowers are blooming like crazy. Not only that, I was able to can a few jars of tomatoes already which is nice. This year we grew a few different types of tomatoes like Ukrainian yellow and galaxy. I thought for today I’d share a short slideshow of some of my favorite pictures this week, including a few butterflies in the greenhouse. I also added in a song I enjoyed this week by Arborea titled “Wayfaring Summer”. Hope you all enjoy!

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Flower Friday: Common Milkweed

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Common Milkweed

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I just adore these large spherical pink/purplish flowers. They have a wonderful smell too, so if you happen to stumble upon one of these beauties, don’t forget to take a whiff.  Continue reading “Flower Friday: Common Milkweed”

Flower Friday: Bird Seed Sunflowers, Orange King Zinnia & Kitten

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Bird seed sunflowers!

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My young daughter was out in the driveway waiting for me to load the bird-feeders and decided to throw some of the seed in an old pot that I hadn’t planted yet. I guess she thought the birds might visit the pot. The flowers sprouted and this is what we ended up with.

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Flower Friday: Pandora’s Box Daylily

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Pandora’s Box Daylily

I love the colors of this daylily — creamy with a deep purple eyezone. The contrasting colors really catch your eye.

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Flower Friday: Maroon and Pink Asiatic Lilies

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Asiatic Lilies

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I’m assuming that these are Asiatic and not hybrids because they are very short and never get above 2-3 feet. I believe mine are maroon and pink, although the maroon almost look purple.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt – Foraging for Fresh Juice!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well this week. I’m sorry it’s been so long since I did a Breakfast and a Book post. I don’t seem to have very many interesting recipes to share with you all, but I think once fall rolls around I’ll be baking more and I’ll have some good recipes to share.

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I decided to go out and forage for some plants to make some fresh juice this morning. I love doing this first thing in the morning. It’s very grounding and relaxing just listening to the different sounds around you in nature. Continue reading “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt – Foraging for Fresh Juice!”

Flower Friday: Red Velour Tidal Wave & Deep Purple Shock Wave Petunias ~ Deadheading

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Tidal Wave & Shock Wave Petunias

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I ended up choosing deep purple shock wave and red velour tidal wave petunias this season. These red velour petunias can spread up to 5 feet! Continue reading “Flower Friday: Red Velour Tidal Wave & Deep Purple Shock Wave Petunias ~ Deadheading”

Flower Friday: Bearded Purple Iris

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Bearded Iris

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Flower Friday: Prairie Spiderwort & Flower/Greenhouse Updates…

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Spiderwort

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These are considered a wildflower, but I always thought they were weeds.

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Flower Friday: Lupine

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s Flower is:

Lupine

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This is a flower from the legume family that blooms tall spiky flowers that taper at the top. The spikes produce multiple sweat pea-like flowers.

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Flower Friday: Meyer Lilac

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower is the Meyer Lilac!

I debated doing an extra post today, but I have to share these lilacs! I love lilacs. They have the best smell and I look forward to them every spring.

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We have a few bushes around the house and they are so easy to care for. They’re also really easy to propagate into new plants and they grow super fast.

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They are just coming into bloom and there’s a light aroma in the air. These particular lilacs only bloom in the spring. I do wish it lasted longer! Continue reading “Flower Friday: Meyer Lilac”

Flower Friday: Daffodil and Unicorn Garden

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Today’s flower is the Daffodil!

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Flower Friday: Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower is one I’ve been waiting to share for many months now. It’s Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose and it only blooms in winter!

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Usually, ours bloom in February when we have a mild winter, but this winter has been so arctic. Our plants finally bloomed mid-April.

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Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

Free for the Eating

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Summary:

A nature study cookbook adding dimension and variety to meal time for rural, suburban or big-city dwellers. Nature’s unhandled, unspoiled foods for the housewife and the camper. Thrifty conversation-piece delicacies — free for the eating! Includes wild fruit, wild greens, wild roots and tubers, wild nuts, and centuries-old brews to quaff from wild beverage bushes.

My thoughts on this book:

Free for the Eating is an old book from 1966 that I picked up from a local barn sale about four years ago. I just happened to come upon this sale where an older woman had boxes and boxes of old books she was selling for next to nothing. I was really surprised to come across this bright green book with the text,

“100 WILD PLANTS 300 WAYS TO USE THEM… backyard and wilderness banqueting on nature’s bounty of edible wild plants.”

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I ended up buying it for 10 cents and what a steal! It’s in pretty good condition with its original dust jacket. Sure, there are tons of modern books available today that share the use of wild plants with vivid colored photos, and I do appreciate those, but what I like about this one is that it’s pocket-sized and easy to read with just the right amount of information. Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966”

Flower Friday: Red Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower probably seems unusual, but this is one that I grow every year for food and for blooms.

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Flower Friday & New Puppies!

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower I’m sharing is calendula. I’ve been growing this for about 3 years now as it’s super easy to grow from seed.

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Calendula is a member of the daisy family and very similar to marigold. It’s also known as “pot marigold”. Continue reading “Flower Friday & New Puppies!”

Flower Friday: Larkspur

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today I chose to share larkspur–another easy flower to grow from seed.

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I started growing this flower in our butterfly garden four years ago and it comes back by reseeding itself every year abundantly with little to no care! The version I grow is titled “cloudy skies” and blooms in purple, blue, and white.

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Flower Friday: Queen Red Lime Zinnia

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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One of my all time favorite flowers to grow from seed is the zinnia. They are so simple to grow and bloom as quick as sixty days from sowing. This year I decided to have an extra flower bed of just zinnias alone and chose some unique colors including the queen red lime zinnia.

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Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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For today’s Flower Friday, I decided to discuss Butterfly weed. This is a perennial plant that I grew from seed a few years ago without much thought. I wanted to plant a center garden for our butterflies and just grabbed a bunch of flower seed I knew would attract them.  Continue reading “Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly”

Flower Friday: Veronica longifolia and Sullivan the Kitten – March 2nd

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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As spring approaches and there’s much work to be done outside, I’m thinking about some of our landscape flowers. This is one of my favorites. It’s a type of Veronica longifolia if I’m correct. I almost thought it was a type of Meadow Sage or Woodland Sage, but I’m pretty sure I’ve identified it correctly. What do you think?

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Flower Friday: Blanket Flower and a Rainbow – February 9th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s picture is Blanket Flower. I have this growing in multiple spots around our house and greenhouse. It’s a perennial and so easy to grow!

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This is a flowering perennial belonging to the sunflower family. It’s native to North and South America.

Scientific nameGaillardia
Higher classificationDaisy family
Rank: Genus

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Flower Friday: Pumpkin Blossom – February 2nd

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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I’m getting geared up for growing season and because it’s so cold and wintry, I’m taking some time to go through some of our garden photos to get ideas. Today’s flower pic is a pumpkin blossom from our patch that also includes a bee doing its work. It was taken with my old phone and isn’t the greatest quality, but these blossoms are so huge and beautiful. It’s a wonderful sight to see first thing in the morning.

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Pumpkins are one of my favorite crops to grow and those that read my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts might remember that last year, we didn’t harvest scads of pumpkins, but we did discover a few surprises. You can see that post here…

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Flower Friday: Sunflowers – January 26th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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It’s near the end of January and although it’s fairly nice out today, winter isn’t over yet. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m ready for spring! I’m really looking forward to the upcoming growing season. I’ve been looking through some of my pictures of the gardens and found a few lovely sunflower pictures from our sunflower gardens to share. I thought I’d share a few today for Flower Friday.

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I love growing all different kinds of sunflowers. Many of these are aliens and have just cross pollinated over and over again. You never know what you’re going to get when saving the seed!

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These were taken with my phone and aren’t the greatest pictures, but you can see how well these grew. It’s like Christmas in July with all the blooms.

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I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a new season with new seed, a new camera, and a new attitude!

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Flower Friday: Surprise! January 19th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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It was such a surprise last week when our Christmas cactus decided to bloom. So, I decided  to share some pictures of it for Flower Friday today!

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My mom had this huge Christmas cactus at one point in time, but she had to find a home for it because she was moving and this plant was so huge! She saved a piece and we cloned it.

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As that one started to grow, my dogs were rough-housing one day and there went the cactus all over the floor in shambles. So again, we took a piece and cloned it. My mom worked on nursing it back to health and here it is today.

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There are multiple buds on it that will grow into the double bloom-like flowers you see above. It’s a small one now, but in time it will grow to be huge like its parent plant. Continue reading “Flower Friday: Surprise! January 19th”

Flower Friday: Nigra Hollyhock – January 5th

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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A few years ago I obtained some Nigra Hollyhock seed online. I’d always wanted these majestic flowers in my garden, but never knew much about them. I was astonished with how easy they are to grow! I must have planted a dozen different colors, but my absolute favorite are Nigra. Here’s a picture of one below that I planted in front of my vegetable garden.

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The sun is shining so brightly that it makes the flower look like a darker plum, but they are black. Seeing this picture gets me excited for spring! The nice thing about hollyhocks is that you get a ton of seeds from one plant! Check out this stash hanging out in my fridge just raring to grow this spring.

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The only downside to these is that they’re biennials. In their first year, they put down roots and leaves. In their second year, they bloom, then they die. I usually start the seed in late February and get blooms the first year for a growing zone of 4-5, but you have to start early if you want blooms the first year. Some will come back and bloom in the second year, but it’s hit and miss. These are so simple to grow though, and you can have blooms every year if you save the seed. ❤

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Flower Friday: Christmas Cactus – December 8th

I learned about Flower Friday from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having fun sharing some flower pics! Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already.

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I thought I’d share this beautiful picture of a Christmas cactus bloom. I actually have one of these, but it hasn’t bloomed this year yet. It’s so exciting because they bloom in the winter around Christmas–hence the name “Christmas Cactus.” Here’s what they look like when in bloom.

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Scientific name: Schlumbergera
Higher classification: Rhipsalideae
Rank:Genus

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